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By Michael Englishman

163256: A Memoir of Resistance is Michael Englishman’s wonderful tale of braveness, resourcefulness, and ethical fibre as a Dutch Jew in the course of international struggle II and its aftermath, from the Nazi career of Holland in 1940, via his incarceration in several demise and labour camps, to his eventual liberation through Allied squaddies in 1945 and his emigration to Canada. Surviving by means of his wits, Englishman escaped dying again and again, committing bold acts of bravery to do what he notion used to be right—helping different prisoners break out and actively engaging within the underground resistance. a guy who refused to give up his spirit regardless of the lack of his spouse and his complete family members to the Nazis, Englishman stored a promise he had made to a chum, and sought his friend’s teenagers after the conflict. With the children’s mom, he made a brand new existence in Canada, the place he persevered his resistance, monitoring neo-Nazi cells and infiltrating their headquarters to damage their documents. till his loss of life in August 2007, Englishman remained energetic, talking out opposed to racism and hatred in seminars for youngsters. His gripping tale will be commonly learn and should be of curiosity to students of auto/biography, global warfare II background, and the Holocaust.

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I didn’t particularly like having a gun held to my head, but, after about two minutes, I said to them,“Two minutes are up, so I guess that I have one minute more to live. I don’t know whose jewellery this is. ” Amazingly enough this seemed to make sense to the Gestapo. They picked up the jewellery, put it back in the boxes, took the boxes downstairs 18 Deportation to their car, and drove off. For a short time I felt relieved. The idiots were so busy roughing me up that they had completely overlooked the shelves with my father’s bookkeeping records.

They were very interested and took it with them, promising us bread and cigarettes in return. But they brought the map back a day later. They said that it was too dangerous for them to have the map in their possession because they were searched regularly. They did bring us some bread and cigarettes though. Later, one of the English prisoners of war was hanged in the Buna camp for trying to escape. To my surprise, the other English prisoners of war did not revolt when that happened. Nor was there any protest from “Hitler’s Red Cross”; they were too busy looking the other way.

I did not expect to see modern facilities in the concentration camps, but after the relative cleanliness of the Dutch concentration camp, the level of filth in Auschwitz came as a real shock. Dutch Jews also suffered, however, because of their differences from Eastern European Jews. Because the Jews in Holland did not speak Yiddish, although we spoke Hebrew, the Polish Jews felt that we were not really Jewish. They taunted us because of it and refused to help us learn what we needed to know to survive in the camps.

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